Candid first-hand experience
Tina Morriss 2030 Focus parent, 2015
We’d toyed with the idea for quite a while of our daughter [in Year 4] doing one day a week of home schooling focused on science, which is an area of particular interest to her, but remaining at school for the other days so that she could still receive the core education in literacy and numercy, and other activities.
The primary reason we chose Mylor Primary was that it’s a small little community, and it offers a personalised approach, which we feel was necessary for our child. You can almost tailor an education to your child’s needs and interests, which is what we’ve done.
It’s been quite challenging and enlightening for me as a “teacher”. I’ve had to seek lots of advice from the school and learn how to structure a learning day, how to keep things moving and engage my daughter, and re-engage her when focus is lost. I’ve had to become quite disciplined myself.
We’re learning together, so it’s challenging for both of us, but she seems to be really into the experimentation side of things. We’ve struck a happy balance between doing what she’s learning, and recording what she’s learnt, which we’ve done through a mixture of book-work, drawing, photographs, and videos on our iPad.
We feel that Mylor Primary’s “blended learning” approach will be advantageous for us, as [our daughter] will be able to access – via podcasts – work that’s occurred in the classroom when she’s been absent. We’re really excited about that.
Jo Telfer 2030 Vision parent, 2015
My husband and I have two girls at Mylor Primary; our eldest is in Year 2 and our youngest in Reception.
Our experience here has been incredibly positive, both with the teaching staff and the broader community. We’ve certainly felt welcome right from the beginning, and feel really comfortable with the teaching staff, and the peer groups our girls have formed.
The best thing about Mylor Primary would for me absolutely be the personalised approach to learning. I think it has benefits beyond individual students. Children are learning what they need to be learning, but it also creates a culture of acceptance. Children are accepted for who they are, and celebrated for what they bring to the school, rather than needing to conform to a particular way of being. I think that’s an incredible gift to the kids.
We’ve really watched our eldest daughter blossom here (not that our youngest isn’t, but she’s really only just started!). Her sense of comfort with who she is, her confidence, including with kids older than her – being happy to approach and have conversations with them – is something that we’ve really noticed. The other thing we’ve noticed is that, as she’s grown, she’s able to stand up and look out for younger children, and that’s something that I think the school’s mixed-age learning really encourages.
Mylor Primary is really lucky to be situated in a beautiful natural environment. The kids spend recess and lunchtime exploring and playing in and around trees and natural bushland. But at the same time, the school also has incredible access to technology, and the students are encouraged to use that technology to demonstrate their learning.
I think that balance between the way they can play independently outside in a natural environment and then learn to use technology independently in the classroom, is really giving them an incredible foundation for being well-rounded, self-directed learners in the future.
The other really exciting thing about the use of technology at Mylor is the way it engages parents. We’re getting communication from the school that’s really easy for us to access through our own technology, and we can see how the kids’ are progressing on a daily basis.
Rachel Petchkovsky 2030 Focus parent, 2015
We have three children at Mylor Primary – one in Reception, one in Year 3 and one in Year 5 – and they all attend school three days a week.
Originally we fully home-schooled our children but, for a few reasons, felt that wasn’t quite working for us. We heard about the part-time-at-school program that Mylor Primary was offering and thought we’d give it a go, and we’ve really enjoyed it.
The biggest rewards come from the friendships they make, and being part of a small community. They can participate in larger group activities that they otherwise just wouldn’t get the opportunity to be involved in, such as in sport and drama, and they also do Indonesian, which they all really enjoy.
Our eldest child initially struggled with the transition, but the Mylor teachers took the time to really get to know him, and they realised he wasn’t just struggling because he didn’t know anything. He’s a quiet-natured person, so it’s hard for him to ask for help. So with time, and the teachers getting to understand his personality and intelligence, they were able to help him feel comfortable and rise to the challenge.
I’m really pleased with the way the school integrates the use of technology into the children’s learning. With the way the world works, that’s just going to become more and more of an important skill, so to have it early on in their lives – to learn how to interact with technology and use it as a tool – is a really great thing.
Being able to connect with the school from home is also really good for us as parents as well.